• 36°

Get the facts on police at J.C. Price carnival

I would like to give you my rebuttal to the article that was published in the April 8 edition of the Salisbury Post, “Carnival organizers ask for fewer police officers; city keeps same number,” written by Emily Ford.
In the article, I am quoted as saying, “The heavy police presence in recent years of 11 officers has kept people from attending (the J.C. Price Post 107 carnival),” but this was not true. It was only in the years 2009-2011 when there was in excess of 30 police officers and patrol cars that made the carnival look like an armed camp. For years 2012 and 2013, the amount of police protection was reduced to a total of 11 officers every night, and this is more than adequate full coverage.
However, the main reason I appeared before the City Council was to have them explain to me why a nonprofit veterans’ organization has to pay the Salisbury Police Department $1,400 to serve and protect the West End Community and those who attend the carnival. The Police Department mission statement says they will provide “quality law enforcement services with honest, fair and ethical treatment for all.” This $1,400 cost does not appear to be an example of fair treatment for all. The stated conditions imposed by the City Council did not include any payment for police protection to be on hand.
It was retired Deputy Chief Steve Whitley who set up the City Council’s demand for blanket coverage of the carnival for safety reasons. At the 2012 meeting with police, Post 107 said that, due to the low attendance over the past three years, we didn’t think we would be able to continue to donate $1,400. Then Deputy Chief Whitley assured us that because of the council’s demand for police protection, the city would cover the bill, should we no longer be able to give such a sizable donation. Yet now, it’s as if we are mandated to pay this sum.
Also, I can’t fathom why a 2007 incident was included in the article or the very unfortunate death of a teenager, as it had no bearing on the carnival. In 2008, during the carnival, there was one minor incident that escalated when a new officer over-reacted and called out for emergency assistance when that was not the case. Police who responded to the incident were overly aggressive. This led to damage to a police cruiser by a few youth in the area.
In the paper, City Manager Doug Paris is quoted as saying, “Hundreds began to riot.” Anyone who lives in the carnival area of town will dispute that as an over-exaggeration. The West End cannot be compared to the Watts neighborhood of the ‘60s.
Finally, I want to say shame on the Salisbury Post for writing and publishing such a story before checking all the facts.
Abe Daniels, a Vietnam veteran and retired Air Force master sergeant, is adjutant for J.C. Price American Legion Post 107.

Comments

Comments closed.

News

Nesting no more: Eagles appear to have moved on from Duke’s Buck Station

Business

The Smoke Pit leaving downtown Salisbury for standalone building on Faith Road

Education

Shoutouts

High School

High school football: Hornets’ Gaither set the tone against West

Local

Salisbury to show off new fire station

Education

Livingstone College to host virtual Big Read events this month

Local

City makes some appointments to local boards, holds off on others to seek women, appointees of color

Education

Education briefs: RCCC instructor honored by Occupational Therapy Association

Local

Second quarter financial update shows promising outlook for city’s budget

Columnists

Genia Woods: Let’s talk about good news in Salisbury

Local

City attorney will gather more information for Salisbury nondiscrimination ordinance

Education

North Hills planning to hold May fundraiser in person

East Spencer

Developers aim to transform former Dunbar School site into multi-purpose community development

Education

Knox student organizing event to get community cycling

Education

Decision on Essie Mae charter appeal expected Thursday

Nation/World

House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition

Nation/World

Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol

Nation/World

States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge

News

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper receives COVID-19 vaccine

News

North Carolina health officials urge schools to reopen

Crime

In letter, PETA criticizes Salisbury Police for K-9 video

Coronavirus

Three deaths, 29 new COVID-19 positives reported

Crime

Blotter: Bullet holes found in woman’s Park Avenue apartment

Crime

Man faces assault charges for domestic incident